allepo is crisscrossed with similar sniper alleys. some are nope, but others do not reveal themselves until the first shot is fired. despite his efforts, the woman dies. her son utterly distraught. don't die now, don't die today, he pleads. answer me, mom, answer me. she's not dead, she's not dead, he says, as he collapses. abdallah is left wondering whether her life could have been saved if he'd reached her sooner. until recently, he worked as a bakery. now like thousands of young syrians, he puts his life on the line. i'm not a hero, i'm just like anyone else, abdallah tells us. and we're left to wonder how many similar acts of courage go unrecorded every day in syria.